Namibian sports funding is an embarrassment: Kandjii

08 Jul 2015 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 08 JUL (NAMPA) - The Katutura Constituency Councillor, Ambrosius Kandjii says it is an embarrassment that sports receives so little money in Namibia.
He said during a media in the capital on Wednesday that sports receive close to a billion Namibian dollars, but its “peanuts”.
“What sport is getting is just too little, and the people who are suffering at the end of the day are these poor boxers who go through difficulties to prepare for their games,” he said.
Kandjii said if Namibia really wants to compete and win, it needs to create awareness that “what government is giving to sports is below standard”.
“We cannot even maintain our facilities; you can visit our facilities now and see there is no maintenance. So, it is high time that Government looks at the issue of funding for sports,” he urged.
Kandjii said there is no sports code in Namibia that can say it is funded properly, and thus called on the Namibia Sports Commission, Namibia National Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Sports, Youth and National Services to look into the issue.
He said sports federations have been writing letters for assistance to stakeholders, but there is nothing coming from them.
Kandjii noted that amateur boxers “have been carrying the nation under critical conditions trying to get medals, but they all do it through a struggle”.
Namibian boxers are preparing for the 11th All Africa Games to be hosted in Brazzavile, Congo in September.
The local boxing federation is also looking at sending boxers to the Africa Confederation Boxing Championships in Casablanca, Morocco in August 2015.